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Early morning start for more camel trekking after camping overnight the desert, Morocco, 1998

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Mali Jan 2007 - Me on the rooftops at Djenne for my 60th BD. - Harmattan winds blowing

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At the Arctic Circle, Yukon, in 2004 on my 7,000 mile solo journey through BC, AB, Yukon & Alaska

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I am retired Computer Systems Analyst and reasonably healthy thanks to my parents genes and enforced clean living as I'm allergic to cigarette smoke and alcohol. I've lived gluten free since 1981 when I found the cause of my ill health was gluten intolerance, multiple food sensitivities and chemical allergies. The test for Celiac Disease at that time was very invasive and the difference when I emiminated gluten was so dramatic that my doctor said it was unnecessary. At that time, it was thought to be rare (1:10,000). Now they know it is 1:100 with many more who are gluten sensitive.
In addition to my hobbies, I am the leader of my local support group and spend time advising new celiacs from the perspective of one who has been gluten free for 32 years.
When I look back, I've had numerous health challenges but I tend not to think about them. My second motto is No Reverse Gear. But it is good to know what you've had which for me includes 2 serious concussions by the age of 2 1/2 and another 2 years ago, undiagnosed Celiac from the time I was eating solid food, numerous falls down steep stairs (gluten ataxia), being rear ended 5 times, long term carbon monoxide poisoning (from the furnace in my home - long story), asbestos exposure due to zonolite in the house walls that had balloon construction and 5 sprained ankles as well as sciatica aggravated by more falls. And that's what I can remember. I recently had a series of cranial sacral treatments which I don't understand but were incredibly helpful with the effects of the last concussion. It's really helped with clarity of thinking and comprehension.
I love travelling, being on the open road or exploring remote regions of the world. Bonus, I lose weight when I travel, probably because I am so much more active and meal times and snacks are more controlled.
My home now is in the South Okanagan of BC where I have family roots from the 1920's - 50's.
To Celiacs & the Gluten Intolerant - check out the food pics in my photo gallery.
Check the list of symptoms from Recognizing Celiac Disease http://www.recognizingceliacdisease.
com/21.html and I recommend reading The Grain Sensitivies Primer on .

Member Since: 1/2/2006

My Goals:
Lose 10 lbs, then set a new goal of another 10 lbs.
Declutter my house
Spend less time on the computer (which means less time on SparkPeople).
Find time for travel.
Find more time for weaving.

My Program:
Update Aug 2013: Due to the high calorie and fat content of gf foods, I have always found it hard to lose weight without being hungry. Finally I have a solution and am losing .75 - 1 lb a week. I saw a Dr Oz. program with Alejandro Junger on the 3 day cleanse. Actually that is the starting point and the basis. it heals the gut. Celiacs are all about the gut! It is working. I am losing weight that I have carried around with me for the past 15 years or more. And it broke my sugar addiction which I identified in Jan of this year in my program.
2013: Again I am restarting but I realize now that it is an attitude adjustment to come to grips with my sugar addiction. I am finding subsitutes for the 'crunch' snacks. Jicama with lime squeezed over it (or sprinkled with True Lime). Counting calories or tracking fats but being aware of my intake of each and portion control works better for me.

Keeping track on the Nutrition page is essential but I find it very time consumi

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I feel like I lost 3 years of my life while taking care of my mother long distance (who had dementia & was in her 90's) which meant everything was done for her first. The emotional toll left me with no energy so my life fell apart. After her death, it took me another 2 years to realize how it had affected me and how long I had been burnt out. For the past 2 years I have been working on recovery and catching up on 15 years of burnout and the most recent concussion. I have compassion for anyone who is taking care of an elderly parent, spouse or sibling.
My most recent concussion was in Dec 2010 when I took a trip to Argentina & Chile including a cruise around Cape Horn. The second day out on the cruise, I fainted in the lobby (low blood sugar) falling straight back hitting my head hard on the marble floor. It wasn't until a month later when I was back home that I discovered I'd suffered a concussion. That explains why I couldn't remember my Spanish and had so much trouble followi

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I've lived gluten free, smoke free and alcohol free since 1981 when I found the cause of my ill health was gluten intolerance and other food and chemical sensitivities.
In 2000, I broke loose from being stuck in my life and changed my world upside down.
I continue on the journey of change and exploration.
I practice Reiki and meditate each day. I have suspended my Spanish studies while catching up on the 15 year backlog but really want to return to it.
At the time of this update, I am 66 and feeling the the strain of overseas independent travel. I am still having great adventures but need to take it slower and avoid 23 hr flights. I'm concentrating more on road trips. I plan to travel across Canada and the USA next year. I plan to return to my Spanish studies once I have caught up on the backlog and have my life in order. I have a lot of difficulty with languages but I keep trying. Give me numbers anytime. I like math!

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    Yeah! 2 weeks of quarantine completed and no signs of illness. I'm so glad to be back in my own house!
    423 days ago
    Oh yea. Was just showing mom all my tomatoes and my arm was in a sling and I was reaching to pick up one that was ripe and had fallen off and I did have that are for balance.... I fell on my right side on top of a big bolder the flowers cushioned me!
    652 days ago
    Yes it is!! I will be doing my usual spring cleaning that I do in January, will be doing after this job is done ..... there is chalk dust EVERYWHERE!!! LOL
    813 days ago
    I am on week 4 of this remodel! it is getting there, counters come on Thursday, then the tile back splash then the CLEANING! everything is covered in chalk dust!!! from sanding the walls.

    My blogs have pictures of the process. I will be so glad when this is done!
    813 days ago
    Thanks so much for the Spark goodie of cleaning service!! That's just exactly what I need right now! Hahaha!! It's so nice to have someone pinpoint my need so perfectly and offer a smile and support!! Truly appreciate it!!

    Reading you page, I'm astonished by all your wonderful travels!! I can't imagine having that much energy and stamina! When I was a child, my family lived in Belgium, so I have done a bit of globe-trotting, but not nearly to the extent that you have. Love your pictures!! emoticon
    1521 days ago
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